It was a match full of shame for Brazil soccer team, as they were demolished by Germany 7-1 on Tuesday in Belo Horizonte. The semi-final historic loss was the worst in Brazilâs footballing history, equal to one happened in the Maracana stadium in 1950, when Brazil lost the final 2-1 to tiny Uruguay.
Thomas MÃ¼ller gave the Germans their lead at minute 11, picking up his fifth goal of this yearâs World Cup. Score of 1-0 lasted a little over ten minutes, as just in the span of six minutes, the German side poured in another four goals.
Miroslav Klose scored seconds goal in 23 minutes, which made him the World Cupâs all-time top-scorer with 16 goals. Then Toni Kroos struck twice in the 24th and 26th minutes to make it 4-0 and then Sami Khedira rounded off another clinical move to make it 5-0 on 29 minutes.
The Germans kept the pressure on in the second half and, despite goalkeeper Julio Cesarâs futile efforts, scored twice more to go up 7-0 with over ten minutes left in the game.
The whole country was stunned with the loss, as the countries pride over five previous World Cup championships is forged into the national identity, and was as humiliating as defeat to Uruguay the last time Brazil played host to the World Cup, in 1950.
David Luiz, the Brazil captain, gave a tearful television interview after the match and apologised for the result. “Apologies to everybody, apologies to all the Brazilian people,” Luiz said. “I just wanted to see my people smile.”
After the heartbreaking match, the team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari pleaded for âforgiveness,â admitting: âWe lost a match to a great team. Even they were saying: âWe don’t know how this happened.â We panicked and things started to happen normally for them.â
The coach added: âWho is responsible when the team plays?â Scolari said. âI am. It’s me. Who decided the tactics, I did. So the person responsible is me. If I were to think of my life as a player, as a coach, as a teacher, this was the worst day of my life. I’ll be remembered probably because I lost 7-1, the worst defeat Brazil have ever had.â
Julio Cesar, the Brazil goalkeeper, described the result as âinexplicableâ. He said: âWe had a blackout. We will go home, hug our families and thank the fans.â
âLike all Brazilians, I am very, very sad with the defeat,â President Dilma Rousseff said on Twitter. âBrazil, get up, shake the dust off, get back on your feet.â
Even though the sad match was followed by outbreak of fighting and a wave of assaults throughout Brazil, many Brazilians simply seemed more depressed than angry, looking ahead at the remainder of the tournament, which ends on Sunday, with a mixture of irony and despair, says the NY Times.
âIâm now going to buy the flag of Argentina,â said Riva Santos, 40, a salesman who was watching the game at a bar in Itaquera, not far from the World Cup stadium in SÃ£o Paulo, referring to the neighboring country that is traditionally Brazilâs top rival. âIâm speechless; no one could have imagined this.